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A Prince Without a Kingdom

(Vango #2)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  869 ratings  ·  120 reviews
"Rich in mysteries, enlivened by surprises, and suffused with suspense. It is so beautifully wrought, it reminds us why we love to read, and there can be no higher praise." — Booklist (starred review)

Vango has been in danger for as long as he can remember. The second half of Timothée de Fombelle’s epic adventure follows its dashing hero through the years between World Wars
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Paperback, 464 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Candlewick Press (first published 2011)
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Marta Álvarez
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5
Elegante, emocionante y emotivo. Lo que me ha cautivado de esta bilogía son sus personajes, tan únicos y sensibles, y su narrador omnisciente, que entreteje todas las tramas con sutileza. Desenreda la narración en el momento justo y al ritmo, y consigue sorprender hasta cuando crees que ya te has pillado el truco.
Emma Kendrick
I don't know where to start.

There was so much beauty in this book. So much sadness, yet so much overcoming of sadness. So much faith and love and hopelessness and hope, so many missed opportunities and so many occasions made the best of.

I loved it.

The writing style was simple. The book was somehow very quietly written, despite its often action-packed plot. I felt like it reflected Vango's character. He can do and does so much, but he remains quiet and strong. He doesn't want to be the hero, an
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Nick Swarbrick
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I tend to mistrust second volumes that are really not a new book but just a binding or marketing issue - and I felt that about the Vango narrative: this was one novel in two parts. I loved them both - but wished they had been one book. This volume continues the Vango "game" of repeatedly teasing the reader about names and relationships and then, but by bit, revealing a person, a past crime or tragedy. It is wholly successful here.
The second "half" of Vango, then, continues the complex - and it
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Jennifer
Fantastico! Wow, what a ride this was! The two books in this series really seem to be just one book splint in half, so I shall review them as a single unit. Random thoughts:

Vango is completely unforgettable. Even though I don't know what he looks like, the author paints such a crystal clear portrait of his soul that I feel I know him well. This troubled young man has no idea where he came from and I was completely invested in finding out his heritage along with him. And nearly every character in
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Roy-James
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Until scientists invent a way of erasing memories, readers will always have the problem of never being able to experience that feeling of reading a book for the first time, given that they've read it once before of course.

A Prince Without a Kingdom, the concluding part of Vango, ties together every thread of the story with the same page-turning excitement as the first book. I suspect the only thing stopping this story being published in one volume is that the hardback would have required you to
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Avid
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tremendous. I read both the books in this duo over the course of three days. The story itself is intricate, with plots tying together like a helix of DNA. The characters are intriguing, and each character forces you to buy into their individual stories; their own slices of the pie.

All in all, best two-part series I've read. Ever.
Beth  Bennett
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an absolutely amazing journey these two books took me on. Absolutely loved the characters and they way their stories were revealed, slowly building up their relationships with each other.
I was grabbed from the off, with the descriptive passages of the opening chapter of the first book right to the end.
Ben Trevail
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant follow up concluding the Vango story: so much more than a YA novel, it's a complex narrative web cleverly intertwined with world events (Stalin, Hitler etc). A must read.
Pauline
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent conclusion to the first story. The only thing that might take this down to a 4.5 for me is that there are so many characters and so much happened in the first book that it took me a little while to get into the right headspace to remember what had happened in book 1. I had to spend a lot of time flicking to the cast of characters page (thanks for including that) to remind myself of everyone's back story. All the pieces of the puzzle are so beautifully resolved - this series is one o ...more
McKinley
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: absolute-loves
This was a gorgeously written novel. Unpredictable and satisfying.
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Some of my favorite parts from the first book largely disappeared: pirates, zeppelins, and political strife in between World Wars Europe so I did not like the concluding book as much. It seemed much longer to me, more than the page count anyway. I did like the reveal of who Vango was, and why people seems to be obsessed with him. On the other hand, I found some of the drama in Scotland to be tiresome, as well as the treachery in the French police. The book seemed to devolve into personal dramas ...more
Eliana Castillo
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ame los dos libros que conforman Vango, un libro escrito de forma elegante y melancolíca, mis sospechas hacerca de Vango fueron ciertas, pero lo que más disfrute del libro es que cada personaje tiene su historia, Timothée De Fombelle hace que te emociones conociendo esas pequeñas vidas que se entrelazan para crear una historia, cada capítulo te deja en expectativa pensando en las posibilidades de que hubiera ocurrido si esos personajes no se hubieran encontrado o si las circunstancias fueran dis ...more
Alex (not a dude) Baugh
Back in May 2014, I review Vango: Between Sky and Earth, the story of a young man who is trying to solve the mystery of who he is and why there are people who want him arrested or dead. Set in the early 1930s, I wrote that this was historical fiction at its best and I couldn't wait to read the sequel.

And I am happy to say, the sequel, A Prince Without a Kingdom, is every bit as good as Between Sky and Earth. The story begins shortly after a brief recap of what happened in Book I, this novel open
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Saoirse
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J'ai fini de lire le deuxième tome de Vango cette nuit. Tellement prise dans ma lecture je n'ai pas réussi à m'arrêter. Je crois que j'ai préféré ce deuxième volume au premier mais j'ai un regret : ne pas l'avoir lu plus tôt. Un an après avoir lu le premier tome, je dois avouer que je ne me souvenais plus de certains détails.
Peu importe, j'ai été assez vite remise dans l'ambiance et j'ai adoré suivre la suite des aventures de Vango pour découvrir ses origines. Beaucoup d'aventures, d'émotions, d
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Mathilde
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while since I've read a series as beautiful as this one. I'm so in love with the setting, atmosphere and characters of this book. I wish I could live in that story, or have my life narrated by the Timothée de Fombelle. (I highly recommend it, can you tell?)
Bookish
This week I’m reading a historical fiction series set in WWII with pirates, secret monks, zeppelins, Scottish castles, mysteries, and a hint of the magical. I am currently reading the second book, A Prince Without a Kingdom, in Timothée de Fombelle’s Vango duology, and am looking forward to spending the weekend immersed in this world. This beautifully written and compelling series was translated from the original French and has an almost lyrical tone to it, which seems to instill a sense of the ...more
Taylor
Ahh, Vango, Vango, Vango. I have bumped your first book up to a solid 5/5 stars because I feel like this book is "lesser than" the first one, "Vango: Between Sky and Earth".

Really, this duology is just one book split into two. It could have been kept together, making one GIANT tome for a reader to lug around (smaller if they decided to use a smaller font and margins), but for some reason--probably to help indicate the years that go by between the events of books one and two-- they are split up.
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Anna
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
346 pages en 1 jour. Alors: le livre est captivant, les personnages vivants et l'histoire mysterieuse (celle qui te pousse à lire sans cesse pour la dévoiler).
Un mélange de tristesse et d'espoir, si doux et si poétique.
Pakobylka
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
vlastně to bylo krásné, takovým naivním, pohádkovým, dobrodružným a spletitým způsobem. Člověk si hned začne připadat starý, protože je mu jasné, že číst tohle ve třinácti, jsem z toho uchvácená na nejvyšší míru a na dlouhou dobu. Jenomže věk už bohužel poněkud pokročil, takže je z toho taková pohádka s pěkným koncem...
Mrs G
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More of the same from part 2. A rip-roaring adventure with a colourful cast of characters. Funny and exciting. Loved it.
Eleow
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incroyable saga, poétique, aux personnages attachants. On voyage et surtout on passe un excellent moment avec Vango
Jip W
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a story with great characters and a high level of suspense and adventure!
( 4.5/5 )

Ugh, of course, another review gone! I seem to be really bad at typing reviews in time, or I'm just too stupid to do it on my low-battery-laptop.. Again. But you're not interested in that, so I'll just write my review, although it obviously is shorter than the one I wrote before.

So, this book was a treasure. You know that book that you're not so sure about, but there is also something about it that lures you in? This is that book. I really, really didn't know if I should read this, but
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Seth
Elegantly written and tasting of books both classic and contemporary, A Prince Without a Kingdom is a conclusion of a tale of intertwined lives over the period of many years. It is a tale of love and revenge, of fear and heroism. Timothée built an intricate scaffold of characters both historical and fictional; Their dance across continents and time was incredibly suspenseful, as ships passed in the night and characters you longed to see meeting face to face missed each other by mere moments time ...more
Zoe
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah. For me it is hard to find the words that do justice to this completion of Vango's story.

Not much of the plot of this book can be shared without spoilers for volume 1, but suffice to say this volume, like it's predecessor is exquisite, expansive, and richly woven. full of love, intrigue & true history.

Fombelle paints a huge canvas spanning decades and continents, playing with the idea of something that could have changed the course of history. It's ambitious, breathtaking storytelling and
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Bryce Campbell
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Prince Without a Kingdom was an amazing book, it kept me turning the pages and there was never a dull or poorly written passage. This book is a continuation of the book Vango, in Vango, Vango travels the world searching for his past. But when he finally finds what he is looking for it is not enough. He goes on a quest searching for revenge on those that stole his past. The novel is an incredible adventure that tries friendship and sees the world change. Every chapter is more exiting than the l ...more
SiMo
Sono commossa. La fine della saga di Vango mi ha lasciato la stessa sensazione provata con Tobia: un'immensa nostalgia per i personaggi, per la storia, per le emozioni e per la meravigliosa scrittura di questo autore che si meriterebbe molto ma molto di più il successo delle varie Stephanie Meyer di turno. Questo si che è un Romanzo con "R" maiuscola... (per il commento completo: http://dreaminglifebooks.blogspot.it/...)
Trilllian
Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Après le tome 1 que j'avais beaucoup aimé, le tome 2 est encore au dessus je trouve, encore mieux; et c'est vraiment très bien écrit, on plonge complètement dans l'histoire avec Vango et tous ceux qui l'entourent, j'en ai raté ma station de métro plus d'une fois à cause de ce roman!
Kelly
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The sheer brilliance of the plot of these two books blows me away. I fell in love, it broke my heart, it released my soul.

Absolutely amazing
Melwasul
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
🖤Coup de Coeur 🖤
"Vango" duologie de Timothée de Fombelle a été un immense coup de cœur dont j'ai dévoré les deux tomes en 3 jours seulement (chose rare avec mon rythme de lecture actuel).

J'ai découvert Timothée de Fombelle grâce à une amie l'an dernier au SLPJ de Montreuil. J'avais beaucoup apprécié cette rencontre et la lecture de Tobie Lolness mais pas au point que je l'espérais, peut-être un peu trop jeunesse pour moi. Mais sur les conseils de cette même amie et lecture du résumé de Vango, j
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As a child...
Timothee de Fombelle was born in the heart of Paris in 1973, but often accompanied his architect father on his travels to Africa. Each summer his family left for the countryside (the west of France), where the five brothers and sisters lived like wild horses, making huts in the trees, playing in the river and losing themselves in the woods. In the evening they performed plays for the
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